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The Outline view for Ant files displays the list of all the components (properties, targets, extension points, task/type definitions and references) from both the edited Ant build file and its imported and included modules. For Ant resources, the Outline view collects its components starting from the master files. The master files can be defined in the project and the main build file can be specified in a validation scenario. For more details, see Defining Master Files at Project Level.

By default, it is displayed on the left side of the editor. If the view is not displayed, it can be opened by selecting it from the Window > Show View menu.

Figure: Ant Outline View

The following actions are available in the Settings menu on the Outline view toolbar:
Filter returns exact matches
The text filter of the Outline view returns only exact matches. By default, this filter is not selected.
Selection update on cursor move
Controls the synchronization between Outline view and source document. The selection in the Outline view can be synchronized with the cursor moves or the changes in the Ant editor. Selecting one of the components from the outline view also selects the corresponding item in the source document.

When the Show components option is selected, the following actions are available:

Show XML structure
Displays the XML document structure in a tree-like manner.
Sort
Sorts the components in the Outline view alphabetically.
Show all components
Displays all components that were collected starting from the master file. This option is set by default.
Show only local components
Displays the components defined in the current file only.
Group by location/type
The build file components can be grouped by location and type.
When the Show XML structure option is selected, the following actions are available:
Show components
Switches the Outline view to the components display mode.
Flat presentation mode of the filtered results
When active, the application flattens the filtered result elements to a single level.
Show comments and processing instructions
Show/hide comments and processing instructions in the Outline view.
Show element name
Show/hide element name.
Show text
Show/hide additional text content for the displayed elements.
Show attributes
Show/hide attribute values for the displayed elements. The displayed attribute values can be changed from the Outline preferences panel.
Configure displayed attributes
Displays the XML Structured Outline preferences page.

The following actions are available in the contextual menu of the Outline view (when the Show XML structure option is selected in the Settings menu:

Append Child
Displays a list of elements that can be inserted as children of the current element.
Insert Before
Displays a list of elements that can be inserted as siblings of the current element, before the current element.
Insert After
Displays a list of elements that can be inserted as siblings of the current element, after the current element.
Edit Attributes
Displays an in-place attribute editing window.
Toggle Comment
Comments/uncomments the currently selected element.
Search References Ctrl + Shift + R (Command + Shift + R on OS X)
Searches all references of the item found at current cursor position in the defined scope. See Find References and Declarations of Ant Components for more details.
Search References in
Searches all references of the item found at current cursor position in the specified scope. See Find References and Declarations of Ant Components for more details.
Component Dependencies
Opens the Ant Component Dependencies view that allows you to see the dependencies for the current selected component.
Rename Component in
Renames the selected component. See Ant Refactoring Actions for more details.
Cut, Copy, Delete
Executes the typical editing actions on the currently selected component.
Expand More
Expands recursively all sub-components of the selected component.
Collapse All
Collapses recursively all sub-components of the selected component.

You can search a component in the Outline view by typing its name in the filter text field at the top of the view or directly on the tree structure. When you type the component name in the text field, you can switch to the tree structure using the following:

  • Down arrow key
  • Tab key
  • Shift-Tab key combination

To switch from tree structure to the filter text field, you can use Tab and Shift-Tab.

Tip: The search filter is case insensitive. The following wildcards are accepted:
  • * - any string
  • ? - any character
  • , - patterns separator
If no wildcards are specified, the string to search is used as a partial match (such as *textToFind*).

The content of the Outline view and the editing area are synchronized. When you select a component in the Outline view, its definition is highlighted in the editing area.

Oxygen XML Editor has a predefined order for the groups in the Outline view:
  • For location, the names of the files are sorted alphabetically. The file you are editing is located at the top of the list.
  • For type, the order is: properties, targets, references.
    Note: When no grouping is available Oxygen XML Editor sorts the components depending on their order in the document. Oxygen XML Editor also takes into account the name of the file that the components are part of.